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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are all Massachusetts molds toxic?

No. Many types of harmless mold are normally found in Massachusetts houses and Massachusetts workplaces. In general, mold only causes serious illness to individuals who are already susceptible to infection or allergy, or when individuals are exposed to large quantities of mold for a significant period of time. Certain byproducts of Massachusetts mold called mycotoxins may cause negative health effects in Massachusetts residents, while other byproducts, such as penicillin, are actually beneficial.

2. What is Stachybotrys chartarum?

Stachybotrys chartarum, also known as Stachybotrys atra, is a green and black mold that has been correlated with severe illness. This type of toxic Massachusetts mold usually grows indoors after water damage on materials that have low nitrogen and high cellulose levels. Common items on which Stachybotrys chartarum may be found include paper, gypsum board, fiberboard, dust and lint.

3. How can I tell if there is mold in my Massachusetts home?

Your sense of smell is your best indicator. If the mold is located in an open area, you may identify it as disgusting black, white, green, or gray clumps that may cover a surface. Sometimes, Massachusetts mold is hidden in wall insulation, under carpeting, or in attics and basements where it may evade detection. If you are exhibiting symptoms of Massachusetts mold related illness, or recently experienced water damage, you may want to test your home for mold.

4. I found mold in my Massachusetts home. Should I have it tested?

Testing to determine the toxicity of mold is expensive and requires hiring a professional mold testing company. Therefore, it is usually better to follow a policy of removing any type of Massachusetts mold, regardless of its toxicity or strain.

If you decide to pursue a Massachusetts personal injury case against a Massachusetts landlord for a health impairment caused by the mold, you will need to get a sample of the mold tested. This information will provide evidence useful in building your Massachusetts toxic mold personal injury case.

All Massachusetts molds should be treated as a potential health hazard. Whether you decide to test the mold or not, if you are experiencing symptoms of a mold-related illness, you should remove the mold immediately. Before cleaning the mold, take pictures of the mold and save a small sample in a secure place. This could also serve as valuable evidence in your Massachusetts toxic mold poisoning personal injury case.

5. Who is most at risk for illnesses caused by Massachusetts mold exposure?

Massachusetts residents with immune suppression are more vulnerable to infection and irritation caused by Massachusetts toxic mold poisoning. This means that infants and children are more susceptible to becoming sick from exposure to Massachusetts mold than are adults. Additionally, Massachusetts residents with lung disease or immunosuppression may be more prone to developing fungal infections in their lungs.

Asthmatics may find their asthma symptoms to be worsened by exposure to certain Massachusetts poisonous molds. Massachusetts residents that already suffer from allergies may also find that they experience an allergic reaction to mold spores and their byproducts.

6. What are my Massachusetts landlord’s responsibilities with regards to preventing toxic mold growth?

Massachusetts landlords must maintain their Massachusetts rental properties in a habitable condition that meets health and safety codes. Massachusetts landlords are obligated to keep their properties in good repair, which means fixing any cracks or leaks in pipes, windows, walls, or roofs that could allow mold to come indoors or cause water damage that could provide an environment for poisonous mold to grow.

7. Who could be liable for my damages?

The landlord of a Massachusetts rental property that contains poisonous mold may be responsible for any injuries that were caused due to the toxic mold on the Massachusetts property. In order to recover damages for Massachusetts toxic mold exposure, the plaintiff must prove that the Massachusetts landlord was negligent and failed to use reasonable care in maintaining the property. Employers or schools that fail to prevent the spread of toxic mold in a workplace or school may also be held liable for any resulting illnesses and injuries.

Massachusetts architects and Massachusetts construction workers may also be held liable for toxic Massachusetts mold poisoning if their negligence in designing or building the property lead to mold growth. For example, if a roof was not adequately constructed, water may leak in and create an environment for poisonous mold to grow.

Massachusetts maintenance companies responsible for preventing mold growth and eliminating mold when it is present are also liable in certain Massachusetts mold injury personal injury cases. A Massachusetts maintenance company of a Massachusetts apartment building may be responsible for ensuring that all necessary repairs are made to prevent leaks or cracks that let in water or mold. Additionally, companies that fail to install, for instance, a new window with an airtight seal, may be held liable if water damage from window leakage causes harmful toxic mold to grow.

If any party involved in the selling or leasing of a Massachusetts property knows of dangerous conditions on the premises, such as faulty construction or the presence of mold, they are legally obligated to disclose this information to the potential buyer or tenant. Nondisclosure of Massachusetts property hazards by Massachusetts real estate agents, Massachusetts builders, Massachusetts contractors, or Massachusetts landlords may be considered intentional concealment by Massachusetts courts. Massachusetts commercial or residential property sellers whose failure to disclose information subsequently results in toxic mold exposure may be held liable for property damages, medical expenses, lost wages, and even punitive damages for illegal concealment of information.

If You or A Family Member Has Suffered Illness Due to Massachusetts Toxic Mold Poisoning in a Massachusetts Home, Massachusetts School or Massachusetts Work Site, Call Our Massachusetts Black Mold Attorney Experts Today at 617-787-3700 or Email Our Boston, MA Toxic Mold Lawyer Experts at